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Keane: Town Turned Down Bid From Wigan
Keane: Town Turned Down Bid From Wigan
Friday, 6th Aug 2010 09:21

Boss Roy Keane has revealed that the Blues turned down a £3.5 million offer for Jon Walters from Wigan in 2008. The striker is currently being targeted by Stoke City, who were also interested in the Town skipper at around the same time but never got as far as making a bid.

Keane says that if Walters was valued in that range then he’s worth at least the same now: “Two years ago this club had an offer for £3.5 million from Wigan and they turned it down. If anyone all of a sudden thinks Jon’s value has gone down to £2 million or £2.5 million, when I think he’s become a much better player, they are living in cuckoo land.”

The Blues boss, who dismissed reports that Walters had asked for a transfer as “speculation”, says that every player at every club has his price: “If Manchester United have to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, I don’t think we’re in a position that we can turn down an offer for a player.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with Jon about different aspects of the club and the players and he knows that if an offer comes in and the club sees it as acceptable, then it’s very hard to stand in the boy’s way. I understand that, I live in the real world.

“But at this moment in time Jon’s an Ipswich player, he’s under contract and he’s on a decent wage, let me tell you.”

Whether the deal ultimately goes through Keane says is down to Stoke and the other interested sides: “That’s up to the clubs that are after him. The clubs who are speaking to his agent and the clubs that are speaking to the player, because if you think this tapping up business doesn’t happen, it does.

“If you’re interested in players you’ve got to pay the money, it’s like everything else. If you want good players, you’ve got to pay the money.”

Keane says Walters is amongst the top players in the division: “I think after Charlie Adam last year Jon was probably the best player in the Championship. He was massive for us, an important captain for us, but if he’s to leave this club or Gareth McAuley or Connor Wickham or Roy Keane were to leave this club, which has been around for a helluva long time, the club will survive, trust me.”

However, the Town manager says it won’t be easy bringing in someone of similar quality, whatever fee is achieved for the ex-Chester man: “Replacing Jon Walters will be very, very difficult. Whatever valuation the owner might have on Jon and that’s up to him to decide.

“I’m manager of a football club, I actually enjoy that side of it, and I don’t get too involved in that, I maybe got too much involved in that at Sunderland.”

Keane says he has a number of potential targets in his thoughts: “There are two or three players I’ve got in mind in terms of attacking positions that we need. The deals we’re looking at would be permanent deals because we need some permanent players who we know will be at the club for two or three years to help bring it forward.”

Walters is expected to be in the Town side at Boro but the deal could go through next week with the Premier League season starting a week tomorrow.


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cornishnick added 09:39 - Aug 6
£3.5M for Walters? Just keeps getting better. I like the tough line Keane is taking, but second best player in the championship last season?!
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Stadiumofdark added 09:43 - Aug 6
I can't believe even RK believes what he's saying (re. 2nd best player)... but if it raises his value... fair enough.

I thought Ambrose / Dorrans (!!) had slightly more productive seasons... to name two.
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Dissblue added 09:44 - Aug 6
Madness!! Take the money and get someone younger who wants to be here.
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mattstano9 added 09:45 - Aug 6
Whittingham?
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scottrock added 09:50 - Aug 6
He wasn't even our second best player of the season, let alone in the whole Championship!!
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ITFCAlex added 10:10 - Aug 6
In 2008?
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sonian_blue added 10:15 - Aug 6
Regardless of what you think of his man management, you always get it staraight from Keane.
Obviously this is a dig at Pulis...again. Must think he can get him on the cheap but you cant pull the wool over the Super Blues boss.
Up for the trip tomorrow and cant wait COYB Boys, lets stick it up the Jocks on Teeside!!!!!!!!
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tom_the_blue added 10:28 - Aug 6
It must have been rejected by Jim then, if it was in 2008? Selling him for this ammount would be good business, as I dont think any of us really saw what Keane saw from him last season.
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Karlosfandangal added 10:30 - Aug 6
Well said Keane

Jon is under contract and will give a 100% and if they want him they must pay as we will have to to replace him. It the same as the Wickham thing you want him find 10 Million.
Can see Walters going as Stoke must see that 3+ million they could temp Cardiff for Whittingham
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BlueGoonie added 10:34 - Aug 6
I like Keane's position on this, he's playing the game well.

Transfer negociations aren't just what happens over the phone between managers/CEO's, it's how they play things out in the media and how they mange that reaction of both sets of fans. Keane's playing the game here, and he's playing it well.
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SiBo added 10:45 - Aug 6
interesting... this suggests the offer from Stoke was only around the £2m mark... and we say no... I still say at £3m, I'd take it. And like another, I'd go for Whittingham as a replacement.
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james1989 added 11:41 - Aug 6
walters should stay but we brought him for 100,000 now 2years later being offered 3.5 milllion, at last we could actually make some money on a player
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SiBo added 12:48 - Aug 6
james1989: I thought we paid £200k for him, but that's splitting hairs... and if you read the article we refused the £3.5m a couple fo years back... it looks like the only offer on the table now is around £2m from Stoke...
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Skip73 added 13:19 - Aug 6
Good to see the Town playing hardball at last. For years we've sold players on the cheap, so get as much as we can for him. Personally I think he's only worth about £2.5m but if we can get £3.5-£4m take it and run. Stoke's long ball game might suit him though.
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robdaful added 14:26 - Aug 6
2008? That was ages ago. Whats the point of bringing it up apart from telling other clubs, he was valued at 3.5m then so I want a similar fee now.
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